Thursday, December 28, 2006
I wanted to post a few photos taken over the past few days. Lots of hawk sightings around noon time, ( I took the whole week off from desk work so that I could paint, hike, take photos and do yoga) I was also able to get some close shots of a Great Blue Heron. It seems to be the same one from the previous post with the goose, he has been in the same spot a lot and takes his time before flying off giving me time to snap some pictures. For the doubters I took a photo of an oak tree with leaves still attached, a red tailed hawk flying off the branch. This is a reminder to enter my CONTEST. Winner will be announced January 1st.
Last but not least, how many deer can you count in this photo? Take a guess!
I will be painting all week and will have updated images for the Birth Of a Painting series. Also, I will possibly be able to post images of a Zelda, a private commission I have been working on for the past 3 days.
Cheers for now!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Average Height: 16-24 inches
Average Weight: 1 1/2-2 pounds
Wingspan: 3-4 feet
Lifespan: 10-15 years in wild, up to 30 years in captivity
Description: The Barred Owl is a large brown owl without "ear tufts." Adults have dark vertical streaking on the chest and belly and white underparts with brown barring in the neck. The Barred Owl has dark brown eyes.
Call: The most common sound of the Barred Owl is "hoo HOO hoo hoo, hoo HOO hoo hooaaahhhhh." This is often interpreted as "Who-cooks-for-you-- who-cooks-for-you-all?" Barred Owls have many vocalizations, however, and also include a "bark."
Range: Barred Owls are found throughout the Eastern and mid-western United States, as well as in the Northwestern states such as Washington and Oregon, and in Canada. It is a very common owl in Connecticut.
Habitat: Barred Owls prefer dense conifer or mixed coniferous and deciduous forests, wooded swamps and river valleys.
Diet: The diet of Barred Owls consists mostly of mice, but also includes squirrels, rabbits, smaller birds, crayfish, amphibians, reptiles and insects.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Although I went on several hikes, I didn't take too many pictures. This one of a Blue Heron and Canadian Goose was the best of the bunch. I took it on my way back from Jo's house on Chestnut Ridge Rood in Redding. Usually Blue herons wont let me get this close, but I was struggling with enough light to get proper sharpness and exposure. This one however seemed to have a unique feel to it. Cheers
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Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
A New painting is born!! I have always wanted to keep a record of a painting as it progresses, snapping pictures every few hours. Starting with this first image ( a rough pencil sketch) I will be updating a as I make progress. This painting is based on a photo I took this summer. The subject is a small stack of wood inside of a barn with a strong orange light on the wall as the sun set behind the barn. The location is in Redding Connecticut located on the corner of Topstone Rd. and Umpawaug Rd. I do not know the owner of this building but may drop them a postcard. Every time I drive past this place I feel like I should see a fox or a owl in the barn. It has not happened yet so I decided to make it happen with paint. Although the photo I am working from was taken in summer I will change the season to fall/early winter. Enjoy, check back soon for progress!
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Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Stop back soon and don't forget to enter the contest in the post before this one. The value of the grand prize could be upward of $150!!!